Longtime customers reunite at newly improved Coffee Break in Clinton

Longtime customers reunite at newly improved Coffee Break in Clinton

CLINTON — Customers crammed The Coffee Break on a recent Sunday morning, spilling out onto the patio and sidewalk, eating at tables under umbrellas in the mild fall air.

The place was buzzing inside with a full counter and dining room. The small eatery served over 400 people that day. The much-loved breakfast spot reopened earlier this month after being closed since August 2020.

After many upgrades, which the owners paid for themselves, they opened their doors.

Owners Donna and Fran Uricchio had planned on getting a Small Towns Economic Assistance Program grant to pay for 75 percent of the costs for the upgrades, but ultimately decided against it.


Timing was a factor, as they had wanted to open in the fall, but they would not get the money in time, according to the town’s Economic Development Commission.

And, the owners said they thought another business could use the money. “We’re in the position where we really didn’t need it right now,” Fran Uricchio said. “There are other places downtown that could use it.”

John Allen, head of the EDC, noted that turnaround to qualify for the STEAP grant wasn’t quick enough for the Uricchios’ timetable.

Because contractors are so busy now, it’s tough to get the required three bids, he noted.“Their train was already moving on the tracks. They wanted to open in the fall,” Allen said.


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